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Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera

Mo the caller 10 Feb 09 - 08:16 AM
GUEST,leeneia 10 Feb 09 - 10:07 AM
Mo the caller 10 Feb 09 - 11:30 AM
GUEST,leeneia 10 Feb 09 - 01:25 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 10 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM
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Subject: Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera
From: Mo the caller
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 08:16 AM

I have discovered why people sing their conversations in Opera. One of them is holding a baby, and can't stop singing or the baby will cry.

Hush little baby, listen to me
Grandma wants a cup of tea.
While she jogs you up and down
Grandad's gonna put the kettle on.

I always thought that singing lullabys was done because parents like singing, but with new grandson it definitely works.
I must swot up on the words of some folk songs, at the moment I run dry and start making things up as I go. Not exactly poetry either.


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Subject: RE: Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 10:07 AM

I've never understood why people think it's a good idea to jog babies up and down. Would that put YOU to sleep?

But anyway, congratulations on the new grandson. It sounds like you are enjoying him.

Yes, the babies like the singing. Scientists have studied newborns in hospital nurseries and learned that the speech centers of their brains activate when people speak. They ignore other sounds. So part of the success of lullabys is that they contain speech.

In fact, babies are alert to speech even before being born. For example, Italian babies respond to Italian but ignore German because the rhythm is different.

My mother used to put babies to sleep by singing the same lullaby repeatedly, softer and softer and softer...


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Subject: RE: Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera
From: Mo the caller
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 11:30 AM

My son in law has the theory that in the wild if Mum was running baby had better shut up, hang on, and hope they escaped whatever wanted to eat them.
Motion certainly quiets a baby. In my day, once round the block in the pram. Now it's the car seat. And jigging up and down seems to work too.

I'm not sure it's just the speech, I think he prefers song.


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Subject: RE: Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 01:25 PM

Oh, I agree. They are interested in speech, but song is even better.
And motion is good, but not too rough.

My sister-in-law used to rock rapidly backwards until she slammed into the couch, which would startle the baby and wake her up. Baffling!


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Subject: RE: Hush-a-bye. The birth of opera
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 01:44 PM

Hmmm, a parallel with singing "Lonesome Cattle Call" to poor defenceless critters?


Sorry, just feeling offensive today. Congratulations on the grandson.


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